By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation
I’m pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the fourth Annual Port Development Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Forum at the end of September in Dubai, UAE.
The Forum discusses how the MENA region can keep up with disruptive new technologies to maintain its status as a maritime power.
I will also be presenting at the conference on the topic of digital and data-driven technologies and our SmartPort offering, as part of a session about successful port digitization, automation and security.
My presentation is entitled ‘A Smarter Approach to port infrastructure and communication’, and will discuss the need for greater collaboration between stakeholders, examine the changing role of equipment suppliers, discuss the storage, analysis and sharing of data through standardized, open systems and go on to explain how we are responding to these evolving market needs with SmartPort.
Other speakers include representatives from the Dubai Maritime City Authority, SOHAR Port and Freezone, Hamburg Port Authority and the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone.
They will discuss the biggest challenges to the region and debate best-practice methodologies for securing, constructing and operating port infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa. I’m very much looking forward to hearing what the other speakers have to say, and having some constructive conversations about the future of port development in our region.
The fourth Annual Port Development MENA Forum will take place from 26-28 September at the Dusit Thani Dubai.